Rachel Asevicius is a painter, sculptor, and digital artist living in Toronto, ON. She is a queer, mad, and multimedia maker invested in justice, exploring the adaptability of medium, and working on ways of making her practice more accessible and community based. With a technical background in painting, works include multimedia collage, digital sculpting, collaborative interventions, and zines; the work explores the ways in which digital art, public art, and multiples can shift institutional spaces, like galleries and museums, and how the queer, femme, disabled self can be represented in abstract art and cyberspace.
Critiquing and questioning the value of aesthetics in relation to trauma, the ways in which trauma interrupts identity, and also the ways that digital space forms, aids and gives autonomy to identity is crucial to the artist’s process. How is bodily knowledge translated or obscured through digital space? Using motifs of patterns found in natural space as well as digital textures, Rachel Asevicius explores the double bind of cyberspace for marginalized identity, contrasting the bodiliness of the painter’s hand with the cyborgian aid of the machine/computer.
Rachel Asevicius is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting and Drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and thematically exploring digital space as art and archive, accessibility and surveillance, and tying personal experience with queer, feminist, and post-internet theory.